FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Good Practice

EU FLAG projects as of February 2020With the second generation of FLAGs now up and running, there is a growing number of project examples from the past and the present which can inspire other actions aimed at developing fisheries and aquaculture areas around Europe, be it through economic, environmental or social support and investment.
The project descriptions and short stories below give an insight into some of the local projects funded by the FLAGs, while the methods provide helpful examples of effective programme management, ranging from community outreach to FLAG self-assessment.

Good practice examples from 2010-2016

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  • 13/10/2020
    Baltic region
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    Environment, Fisheries resources, Integrated coastal management, Small-scale and coastal fisheries
    Itämeren alueen FLAG-ryhmien laajamittaisessa yhteistyöhankkeessa on saatu lisätietoa kasvavien hylje- ja merimetsokantojen vaikutuksesta alueen pienimuotoiseen rannikkokalastukseen. FLAG-ryhmät ovat hankkeen puitteissa kehittäneet ratkaisuja merellisten luonnonvarojen tasapainoiseen käyttöön ja hoitoon.
  • 17/09/2020
    Germany
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    Promotion, Tourism, Circular economy, Society and culture, Infrastructure
    Supported by the South Leipzig FLAG, the dynamic redevelopment of former coal mining area into recreational and professional ‘fishing base’ will improve fisheries production and further develop local tourism in the Störmthal lake region.
  • 04/09/2020
    Sweden
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    Tourism, Environment, Water quality, Integrated coastal management, Infrastructure
    To restore natural balance to ecosystems on the Swedish archipelago, the Stockholmsbygd FLAG has supported an initiative aimed at reinstating coastal wetlands in an effort to increase pike stocks. Key predators in the Baltic, pike are essential to maintaining biodiversity and healthy waters in the area.
  • 10/07/2020
    Italy
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    Pesca-tourism, Governance, Complementary funding, Cultural heritage, Education and training
    An Italian FLAG and its partners access funds from EASME Sustainable Blue Economy call to support fishing communities in Tunisia develop their capacity to implement community-led local development (CLLD).
  • 09/07/2020
    France
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    Aquaculture, Business support, Promotion, Short circuits, Gastronomy, Marine activities, Small-scale and coastal fisheries, Society and culture, Cultural heritage, Education and training
    To support the economic revival of the local fishing sector following the COVID-19 crisis, the local fishing communities of the Hauts-de-France region have launched a weekly column in newspapers to promote their seafood products.
  • 06/07/2020
    Portugal
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    New technology, Environment, Small-scale and coastal fisheries, Education and training
    Through the MedAves Pesca project, the Oeste FLAG joined together with the Portuguese NGO SPEA to enable better communication and interaction with the fisheries sector. This joint project focused on adapting fisheries practices to avoid the death of seabirds while fishing in the Ilhas Berlengas area.
  • 03/07/2020
    France
    As fishing and aquaculture continue to suffer a considerable loss of turnover, a small group of fishers and a fish farmer volunteered to deliver fresh fish to local restaurateurs who, in turn, prepare free-of-charge dishes for hospital staff and people in need.
  • 19/06/2020
    Portugal
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    Adding value to fisheries, Business support, New technology, Promotion, Short circuits, Traceability
    Online sales have generated new interest since the COVID-19 pandemic, giving a renewed boost to projects such as Cabaz do Peixe. This virtual platform to sell fish to the general public from the local artisanal fishing fleet ensures the delivery of fresh and high-quality products, as well as consumer safety
  • 17/06/2020
    Italy
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    Adding value to fisheries, New technology, Promotion, Short circuits, Gastronomy, Cultural heritage
    The Gargano LAG integrated the promotion of cultural and gastronomy heritage into their local development plan. This includes the development and promotion of the seafood sector. To do so, it supported the development of the Pesca Mia app, which connects the seafood sector, restaurants and private consumers.
  • 17/06/2020
    Spain
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    Business support, Governance, Small-scale and coastal fisheries, Infrastructure
    COVID-19 paralysed many sectors of the economy in the Basque Country. Although the fisheries sector, like other food-producing sectors, was given priority during the pandemic, the lack of security and low-priced seafood could have forced many vessels and fishing organisations to stop working.